A Brief Survey of the Historical Development of Idealistic Educational Philosophy


  • Omar M. Khasawneh Yarmouk University-Irbid Jordan


Abstract: The purpose of this study was to survey the historical development of the idealistic educational philosophy. Seven Idealistic educational philosophers were briefly reviewed in order to shed light on their influence on educational practices. Those eminent thinkers were Plato, Augustine, Descartes, Berkeley, Kant, Hegel, and Royce. As a classical philosophy, idealism was occasionally labeled as inflexible and traditional. A significant result of this study was that no philosophers agreed and settled on every single argument even though they all agreed on several fundamental principles. The researcher used a qualitative methodology for data collection and literature, research, research papers, books, journal articles as a method of documentation. Based on this review of seven idealistic philosophical perspectives, the researcher provided some recommendations, the most important of which was to conduct similar studies by including other idealistic philosophers, and studies that focus on their educational thought. Additionally, the researcher recommended develop learners’ thoughts and beliefs regarding the idealistic approaches, techniques, methods, and practices of teaching and learning such as dialectic, dialogue, and discussion.